Indiana continues to prepare for reopening phase four

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb answers about his statewide stay-at-home order during a briefing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Holcomb ordered state residents to remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT)- Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that he will have two press conferences a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, as Indiana prepares to move to the next reopening phase on June 14.

Since March, Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne says Indiana has paid out $1.79 billion dollars in unemployment payments, including nearly $1 billion in May alone.

The news comes as the state announced nearly $44 million in funding for small businesses, including $30 million for Indiana small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is recommending that voters wear masks to their polling place on Tuesday for the primary election. Gov. Holcomb says the state will look and see how the primary election goes before making a decision about potentially expanding mail-in voting for the November general election.

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(This story was originally published on May 29, 2020)

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